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Embassy Induction Seminar 2018

Friday 19 Oct 2018
9:00 am - 6:00 pm


No 11 Cavendish Square
11 Cavendish Square London, W1G0AN United Kingdom

An Introduction to Diplomatic Life in London

What’s it all about?
The Embassy Induction Seminar is an essential introduction to diplomacy in London for all newly-arrived diplomats and their families.

It is free to attend and is run by the Embassy Network, which has been working with the London diplomatic community for almost 20 years. The programme has been developed in close cooperation with the Foreign Office, the Marshal’s Office, London’s diplomatic associations and, of course, in consultation with the diplomats themselves.

Who should attend?
The event is open to diplomats of all ranks and in all fields and is especially useful to those who have been in London for less than a year. You will receive an Introduction to Diplomacy from the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, HM Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps and an overview of your privileges and immunities from the Foreign Office Protocol Directorate.

Diplomatic workshops in a range of specialist fields (please see below) offer you the chance to meet essential government contacts and to network with colleagues from other missions doing the same job. You will also be introduced to London’s many excellent diplomatic associations who arrange a series of talks, seminars and networking events throughout the year.

In addition there are Living in London sessions to help with all the practicalities of moving to a new post and a must-attend personal safety briefing from Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection (the specialist police force assigned to protect the diplomatic community).

Good news: there is also a Programme for Spouses and Partners. The aim of the programme is to help diplomatic families adjust to life in London and to meet new friends in a relaxed and informal setting. They will also meet members of the London Diplomatic Spouse Club who can share tips in life in London. So, if your spouse or partner is accompanying you in London, please pass this email on!

The day ends with a networking reception and prize draw.

Diplomat Programme

Registration, coffee, networking, exhibition
10.00-11.00 Session 1
Marshal, Dean, FCO Protocol Directorate
11.00-11.30 Coffee
11.30-12.45 Session 2: Diplomatic Networks, Admin, Multilateral
11.30-12.45 Introduction to Diplomatic Networks
11.30-12.45 Introduction to Embassy Administration
11.30-12.45 Introduction to Multilateral Organisations
12.45-13.15 Session 3: Safety & Security Briefing & Community Liaison
A: Safety briefing with Diplomatic Police
13.15-14.15 Lunch
14.15-15.15 Session 4: Living In London sessions
A Personal Finance & Transport
B Health & Home
C Education
D Culture, Travel & Hobbies
15.15-15.45 Coffee
15.45-17.00 Session 5: Diplomatic Workshops
A: Politics
B: Economics, Trade & Innovation
C: Education, Science & Culture
D: Consular & Home Affairs
E: Press & Public Diplomacy
17.00-18.00 Networking reception and prize draw

Spouse/Partner Programme

09.00-10.00 Registration, coffee, networking, exhibition
10.00-11.20 Session 1
Welcome from the Doyenne of the Diplomatic Corps and introduction to the Diplomatic Spouse Club of London and regional spouse networks
11.20-11.50 Coffee
11.50-12.20 Session 2
Personal safety briefing for diplomatic spouses and children with the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection
12.25-13.15 Session 3 – Parallel Workshops
A: Introduction to UK schooling system, kids club, third culture children
B: Volunteering, finding work, professional development
13.15-14.15 Lunch
Session 4 – Living In London

A Personal Finance & Transport
B Health & Home
C Education
D Culture, Travel & Hobbies
15.15-15.45 Coffee
15.45-17.00 Session 5
Meet your diplomatic neighbours of the DSCL and the DSFA
Meet members of the diplomatic spouse club and the FCO’s family association to share tips on making the most of your posting
17.00-18.00 Networking reception and prize draw



Exhibition Stands, Sponsors and Delegates

If you are a diplomatic supplier looking for further information on sponsoring, exhibiting or attending the event please contact Kerry at: events@embassymagazine.com


A very well organized and worthwhile event, with all the information needed to smoothly blend in. Good networking opportunity for newcomers. Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands The event provided information required for easy transition from our varying cultures of persons in the diplomatic community to the British norm. Jamaican High Commission It was very well organised and useful. Embassy of Egypt Really a fantastic networking event which newly appointed diplomats can not miss! Embassy of China The event was very useful and worthwhile. I was impressed with the amount of practical information, supplier contacts and networking opportunities all under one roof! Government of the British Virgin Islands, London Office It was a great day for me with great ideas and great people.. Embassy of Georgia
Good start at the very start of work in London. Embassy of Ukraine A great introduction and overview of diplomatic life in London. Embassy of Belgium – Flanders House
Well organized, useful information, plenty of networking opportunities. Embassy of Romania Very useful and it gives an opportunity to meet with other new diplomats Embassy of Poland Very useful and interesting for new diplomats. Embassy of the Argentine Republic It was very useful especially when one is less than 3 weeks in the country. It prepared the grounds for easy settling down Ghana High Commission
An important event gives an overview about the diplomatic Life in London and a networking event that not only helps diplomats network with fellow diplomats, but also puts in direct contact with agencies and association in their roles in embassies. Embassy of Yemen
It was a very interesting and useful event. Every new comer diplomat should attend. High Commission of Cyprus I found this to be a wonderful introduction to London and to life as a diplomat in this great city. A very well-organized and thorough seminar which succeeded in answering many questions. Canadian High Commission A great opportunity to meet other colleagues from the Embassies and people form the British Government and Parliament. Also, a great opportunity to learn about special procedures needed in order to settle in and enjoy London. Embassy of Montenegro Extremely good and thorough overview. By far the most complete induction I have received in any posting (have been posted in Nigeria, United Arab Emirates, Israel and the UN in New York) Embassy of Sweden You can only gain by attending! German Embassy It was very helpful for new diplomats. Embassy of the Republic of Iraq The Embassy Induction Seminar is a must do for newly arrived diplomats. It is a fantastic opportunity to learn about London, the diplomatic circles, and to network. In a nutshell, the seminar has helped me break the glass between London, the diplomatic community and myself. Palestinian Mission It was a very useful event that enabled me to meet the diplomats of other missions and join some of the networking. Embassy of Mongolia The induction seminar helps new arrived diplomats to have a soft landing to the UK. It is an extraordinary tool. Embassy of Mexico
The event was wonderful. I was amazed by the number of diplomats that appeared. Good workshops, a chance to meet other diplomats and very friendly environment and also know more about the diplomatic supplies. I can say it was wonderful. Embassy of Afghanistan
The event is is like a timely sprinkle that comes when the drought-hit crops are longing for it. It helps me integrate myself more effectively and efficiently into the life of London and UK. Eembassy of China It was useful to get in contact with the diplomatic community in London and learned a lot about the city rules and regulations. Turkish Embassy This is an excellent seminar for key facts to having a successful diplomatic work in the UK. High Commission of Nigeria
An excellent, well organized event that was fun as well as being extremely informative. US Embassy A well organized event and very useful for new arrivals in the country. Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines Very good initiative Embassy of France The seminar provides an excellent opportunity for networking. Philippine Embassy